Twenty-four-year-old Xi Chen was the first Medfield resident to cross the finish line in Monday’s 116th Boston Marathon but James McCloud was the town’s fastest runner, finishing the 26.22-mile race in 3 hours, 31 minutes and 29 seconds.
Eleven other Medfield residents joined Chen and McCloud along with thousands more to participate in Monday's marathon that required added endurance to overcome challenging running conditions with hot and humid temperatures from Hopkinton to Copley Square in Boston.
Over the weekend, the Boston Athletic Association issued a heat advisory for Monday’s race and offered participants a deferment for any official runner who wanted to postpone his or her participation until 2013. The Boston Globe reported the 80-degree temperatures “led to more than 4,000 runners deferring their entries until next year” as “there were 26,716 entrants” for Monday’s marathon, “but just 22,426 started the race” in Hopkinton.
Fifteen Medfield residents registered for Monday’s race but two – Patricia Ferrier and Daniel O'Connell – did not make it to the starting line and three more did not finish the race.
Chen was the first Medfield resident to cross the finish line in Copley Square, ending her 26.22-mile run at 1:57 p.m. Fellow Medfielder Sarah Nixon was shortly behind Chen, crossing the line in Copley at 2:02 p.m. Jared Marshall was the first Medfield male to finish in Copley, crossing the line at 2:03 p.m.
Here’s a look at what time each Medfield runner crossed the finish line in Copley:
- Chen – 1:57 p.m.
- Nixon – 2:02 p.m.
- Jared Marshall – 2:03 p.m.
- Rose Colleran – 2:13 p.m.
- McCloud – 2:21 p.m.
- Alyssa Lurie – 2:39 p.m.
- Caroline Scannell – 3:19 p.m.
- Elizabeth Scannell – 3:30 p.m.
- Bridget Sarris – 5:05 p.m.
- Caroline Maider - 5:10 p.m.
McCloud recorded the fastest unofficial time among the 13 Medfield residents participating, running the marathon in 3 hours, 31 minutes and 29 seconds. Chen recorded the second fastest time, finishing in 3 hours, 36 minutes and 17 seconds. Nixon was third fastest with a time of 3 hours, 38 minutes and 15 seconds.
Here’s a look at the times each Medfield runner ran the Boston Marathon:
- McCloud – 3 hours, 31 minutes, 29 seconds
- Chen – 3 hours, 36 minutes and 17 seconds
- Nixon – 3 hours, 38 minutes and 15 seconds
- Jared Marshall – 3 hours, 42 minutes, 49 seconds
- Colleran – 3 hours, 52 minutes, 6 seconds
- Alyssa Lurie – 4 hours, 10 minutes and 6 seconds
- Caroline Scannell – 4 hours, 37 minutes and 8 seconds
- Elizabeth Scannell – 4 hours, 50 minutes and 36 seconds
- Bridget Sarris – 6 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds
- Caroline Maider - 6 hours, 24 minutes, 12 seconds
Perhaps an indication to how Monday’s weather affected some of the runners, Medfield Patch compared the results from Medfield residents who ran the 2011 race with their 2012 results:
- Xi Chen – 2011 time: 3:20:41; 2012 time: 3:36:17
- Rose Colleran – 2011 time: 3:24:00; 2012 time: 3:52:06
- Caroline Maider – 2011 time: 4:40:34; 2012 time:6:24:12
- James McCloud – 2011 time: 3:38:33; 2012 time: 3:31:29
- Sarah Nixon – 2011 time: 3:32:46; 2012 time: 3:38:15
- Bridget Sarris – 2011 time: 5:16:48; 2012 time:6:23:08
Furthermore, Kristin A. Marshall, who started but did not finish Monday’s marathon, ran the 26.22-mile race in 3 hours, 19 minutes and 22 seconds in 2011. There were two other Medfield runners who did not finish Monday’s marathon – Lisa Perna and Margaret Goldman.
Kenya’s Wesley Korir won the men’s race in the 116th Boston Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes and 40 seconds – just over nine minutes off the world record, which was set by Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai in the 2011 Boston Marathon. Mutai, according to the Boston Globe, dropped out of this year’s race at the mile 18 out of 26 due to “stomach cramps.”
Kenya’s Sharop Cherop won the women’s elite with a time of 2 hours 31 minutes and 50 seconds, edging out fellow Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong, who finished with a time of 2 hours, 31 minutes and 52 seconds.
The first American male to finish Monday’s marathon was Jason Hartmann of Colorado, who placed fourth with a run of 2 hours 14 minutes and 31 seconds. The first American female to finish Monday’s race was Sheri Piers of Maine, who placed 10th with a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes and 55 seconds.
The 116th Boston Marathon is a 26.22-mile race that spreads across Hopkinton, Ashland, Natick, Framingham, Wellesley, Newton and into Boston, finishing at Copley Square. According to the Boston Marathon's website, the race was moved from Ashland to Hopkinton in 1924 and in 1927 the course was lengthened to the full distance of 26 miles, 385 yards to meet Olympic standards.
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